Thursday 4 July 2013

A Love Like This by Kahlen Aymes, Interview


Married and settled in New York City, Ryan and Julia Matthews seek to start their family and enjoy their idyllic newlywed life together. Julia’s high-profile job at Vogue and Ryan’s promising career in medicine will surely set them up for everything they could ever want, their only obstacle seems to be finding enough time to spend together.

When a scuffle at Ryan’s hospital puts his life in danger, a colleague steps in to save him but is critically injured in the process. In a heroic and unwavering effort, Ryan manages to save her, but her injuries irrevocably change her life forever.

Though Julia’s gratitude urges her to befriend the woman, she feels pushed aside when Ryan, feeling indebted and laden with guilt, befriends the woman during her recovery. Julia puts on a good front, but as time goes on her resolve vanishes as the friendship begins to infiltrate what little time the couple has together and she is reminded of how her own relationship with Ryan began.

In Ryan’s mind he is doing nothing more than supporting a friend’s healing and is angry at Julia’s apparent lack of trust, despite his attempts to console her. When events get too much for her, a heartbroken Julia flees without telling her husband her destination or even if she will return.

When grief pushes him beyond what’s humanly possible and he is on the verge of losing his mind, he is forced to decide how much he will pay for his new friendship and Julia, what she is willing to endure in order to spare herself the unspeakable pain of watching someone else try to replace her in Ryan’s heart.

Join Ryan and Julia in the heart-wrenching conclusion to the unforgettable story of an incredible love; worth every single sacrifice…

For there is nothing more sacred than… A Love Like This…

Author Info

Kahlen is an award-winning author of sizzling hot, deeply moving contemporary romance. Her stories are filled with intense love, passion, angst and emotion that breathes life into her characters and leaves her readers captivated. She lives near Omaha, Nebraska with her daughter, Olivia and their three dogs. Creative by nature, she enjoys the arts, music and theater... But the love of her life is writing!

Represented by Elizabeth Winick-Rubinstein of McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency, the first two books in her series; The Remembrance Trilogy are available now. Come and experience Ryan and Julia's mad, mad love.


Thank you, Emily. I appreciate that you are hosting me today. :)

Tell us about your story-

What was your inspiration for this story?
The original basis for this series was only going to be the first two books, but the readers wanted more of these characters. They are my real inspiration. I thought about it for a long time to come up with a new plot line that could keep the readers engaged, yet with enough elements of the first two books to make it cohesive.

Do you see a little bit of yourself in any of your characters? Tell us why/ why not?
Of course. Writers always draw from personal experience and personality. Julia cooks, she draws… Ryan plays the piano. That’s all stuff that I do. I don’t think you can write intelligently without real life knowledge or a lot of research. I’ve relied on both.
About how long did it take you to write the story?
I started this book awhile back, but only had three chapters. Then, publishing became time consuming and I couldn’t really work on it until the first two books were released. My mother got deathly ill, I worked a full time job and am a single parent, so writing time was scarce and I was only able to get two more chapters written (usually in the middle of the night). Finally, in February of 2013, I decided the book would be my focus. After February 10th, when I quit my job, I wrote 11 chapters by April 30.
Did you have any trouble writing it at all?
Some scenes were harder to write than others. There are always some that scream at me and I write them out of sequence and then work them into the story as I go. The ones that are hardest to write involve conflict between the characters or things they do that I really don’t want to make them do. I feel the same conflicts and feelings when writing, that I hope my readers feel while reading.


Tell us a little bit about you as a writer-
Do you have any kind of writing schedule?
I treat it like a job. 8 hour day minimum. I have to be disciplined. With social media, interviews, swag and other obligations, it’s really a full-time job now. I have to be focused or I wouldn’t have been able to finish those 11 chapters in such a short time. My readers had waited long enough… J
What is your writing environment like?
It’s a desk, a computer, a stereo, me and my two Golden Retrievers. Sometimes they’re noisy and I’d like to box their ears. But I play a lot of music when I write, too. I used to write in bed at night, now I keep the laptop chained to the desk. It’s more productive and a lot easier on me, personally.
And what would your ideal writing environment be like? J
I’ve made the environment as ideal as I can. It’s a part of my house that is specifically set up for writing. Aside from the distractions of my dogs and my daughter, it’s pretty ideal.
If you’re ever stuck for an idea, how do you go about finding inspiration?
I’m constantly thinking about my books, but I go for long walks with my iPod. That’s where I get a lot of it.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Not at all. I wrote a story so I could build a network for a business venture, but the love of writing soon morphed the business venture. It was fate, I think. J

What’s the first thing you can remember writing? (it doesn’t have to be published)
I grew up on a farm, and in elementary school I wrote a paper about an abandoned dog that was so emaciated when we found him, he couldn’t be saved. It was horrible and I cried. The teacher submitted it to the local newspaper and they printed it.
Do you have any advice for new writers?
Keep writing and be true to your story. Others will tell you how they want it to go. Editors might want you to change something so major it completely changes the plot. Don’t do it. It’s your story to tell and only you can tell it the way it’s meant to be told. If you want to make it the best it can be, it has to come from your gut and your heart.

Tell us a little bit about you as a person-

How do you spend your time when you’re not writing?
I like to read (surprise). I go for long walks everyday. I spend time with my daughter, my dogs and music. I like to go to movies. I can’t stand shopping. I’d rather have my fingernails pulled out. LOL
What’s the best way for you to unwind if you’ve had a hard day?
I have a Jacuzzi bathtub. That works great with a glass of wine.
What are you currently reading?
I’m on the last one in S.C. Stephens Thoughtless Series.
What was the last thing you watched?

What, to you, would be a perfect day?

A perfect day for me would be one without any obligations. I could do what I wanted, when I wanted without having to run around someone else’s schedule. It would include writing and a walk. Always writing…

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go, and why?

I’d love to tour Europe and I really want to visit Brazil and Australia. I have cool readers in those places and I’d like to meet them someday.
And finally where can my readers find you?
My blog:

Facebook Fan Page:
Twitter: (@kahlen_aymes)
Youtube: (Trilogy Trailer)

 (My books are on all Amazon sites, worldwide)

 Barnes & Noble:
Also available on iTunes and
Ryan Matthews Fan Page:
@DrRyanMatthews on Twitter.




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